BOSTON, MA - Over the NJEA weekend, about 29 Boy Scouts of Troop 368 accompanied by 11 Scout parents took off for an educational and fun camping trip to Boston. The Troop camped at Camp Sayre Scout Reservation in Milton, a few miles outside of Boston and planned a full itinerary to take advantage of this beautiful walking city.
The Scouts took a group tour at the famous Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox baseball team and the oldest park in the MLB, where they sat in the Press Box and marveled at the Green Monster, taking in the grand tales of this iconic ballpark.
They walked the entire Freedom Trail, stopping at significant sites like the Old State House and Paul Revere’s gravesite, and breezing through neighborhoods like the North End and Little Italy and soaking the energy at Faneuil Hall, Boston Commons and Quincy Market.
The Scouts enjoyed the living history around them and completed an information packet as they went along to earn a medal at the end of their adventure, not realizing they were learning about one of the most historically significant cities of the country.
Given the buzz around the political process of the elections this year, the Scouts were reminded of the valuable founding principles which still define the country. They climbed the 294 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill monument, and on their return paused to read aloud and reflect on the Declaration of Independence, reaffirming their respect for the values on which the United States was founded.
The Scouts also took in a guided tour of the USS Constitution or Old Ironsides, the oldest commissioned warship in the world and one that was named after the Constitution of United States of America. They went whale watching over the choppy Atlantic waters where one of the senior Scouts who had earned his Marine Biology merit badge was pointing out the different kinds of whales to the younger Scouts.
It is common practice to implement the Scout method by letting the Scouts spend time together in small groups or patrols with shared experiences, rituals and activities and during that time emphasizing good citizenship and decision making in an age appropriate manner. Cultivating a love and appreciation of the outdoors and outdoor activities is a key element of Scouting. On the Boston trip, the 29 Scouts hiked the Freedom Trail as part of their own patrols with minimal hand holding from the accompanying adults and in the process learned about navigation and being responsible for each other.
For more information about Troop 368, come by the Open House event on December 13 (7:30-9:00pm) at the Mountain Park School gym.